Roll

Nana, rolling a black tourmaline stone
over her palm with her thumb — her
skin warm and smelling of curled
orange peel — once said,

I’m afraid
this is the

way it goes.
Your body betrays,
and will continue
to betray you.


Hollay Ghadery is a writer living in small-town Ontario. She has her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and reviews have been published in various literary journals, including The Malahat Review, Room, Grain, CAROUSEL and The Fiddlehead. She’s had personal essays published with CBC Parents and Lady Latitudes. Fuse, her memoir of biracial identity and mental health, came out on Guernica Editions’ MiroLand imprint in May 2021.